Eminent Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray organized a convention of renowned celebrities from Bollywood and Marathi film industry to voice out their concern regarding the New Mumbai Development Plan (DP) 2034 which has many loopholes.
The meeting was held at Rangsharda Theater at Bandra (W) on March 28. It was attended by top film celebrities like Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Riteish Deshmukh , Javed Akhtar and his son Farhan Akhtar, writer Salim Khan, Marathi film maker and actor Mahesh Manjrekar, Bollywood filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala and others dignitaries that included distinguished architect P.K. Das
Expressing gravity at the New Mumbai DP Aamir Khan said, “The plan has many drawbacks like the mangrove land have been marked as residential area and what is most disturbing is that the Aarey milk colony belt, which is a green zone, but the DP has marked it as ‘white’ zone which denotes an economic zone.”
“Any step regarding Aarey should be taken with great care because it is home to a lot of wildlife. We have no right to disrupt their home and they are the lungs of Mumbaikars as it provides oxygen. Hence the government must think twice before taking any action,” pleaded Aamir Khan
Agitated at the unsound DP Plan, eminent script writer and lyricist Akhtar termed the DP Plan not less than a noose around the neck of Mumbaikars.
Appealing the citizens to unite against the Plan he said, “The DP Plan is designed in a manner to destroy the natural blessings like mangroves, saltpans and green zones of Mumbai and hand over to the builders’ lobby. Hence the citizens must think that if the life saving natural resources is throttled than how could Mumbaikars live in Mumbai? Hence it is up to you if you want to cut the rope. If the agitation has to come on the streets, we will bring it on the streets,” threatened Javed Akhtar.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray through the meeting called upon the Maharashtra government to involve the people in deciding the DP Plan. He said, "If the government communicates with people about their policies, there will be no need for such gatherings.”